Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom, 1957
Entitled: "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressing the crowd during the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom." The Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom was a large nonviolent demonstration in Washington, DC on May 17, 1957, an early event of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, and the occasion for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Give Us the Ballot" speech. The demonstration was planned at the occasion of the third anniversary of the Brown vs Board of Education, a landmark Supreme Court decision against segregation in public schools. The three-hour demonstration took place in front of the Lincoln Memorial. King was the last speaker and it was the first time that he addressed a national audience. It was his first Lincoln Memorial speech and set the goal and the agenda for voting rights to become an important part of the civil rights struggle against a reluctant administration. About 25,000 demonstrators attended the event to pray and voice their opinion. At its time the event was the largest organized demonstration for civil rights.
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